Mackenzie House, Toronto

Mackenzie House, Toronto

Built in the 1850s, the gas-lit Georgian style row-house located at 82 Bond Street, Toronto is the Mackenzie House. This house is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the first mayor of Toronto, William Lyon Mackenzie. In 1820, Mackenzie emigrated from Scotland and published a political newspaper, Colonial Advocate.

The house functioned as a print shop initially and was used for Mackenzie's publications. Mackenzie lived in the house with his wife Isabel and 13 children, and passed away in the second floor bedroom in 1861. The house was sold in the 1930's and was to be demolished but concerned citizens raised enough money to save it. Later in 1950 it was renovated, restored by the Toronto Historical Board and was made open to the public as a museum which exhibits glimpses of Victorian life. The Cultural Division of Toronto City and Museum and Heritage Services operate the Mackenzie House.

The house was locked for a long period during which several activities were observed which made people believe it was haunted. A man whose description matched Mackenzie’s and a long haired woman were seen even when the house was empty and locked. Some other haunted stories included playing of the antique piano, sounds of operation of the printing press and footsteps. These paranormal activities have been observed and reported but none have been documented. Either for the chill of mystery or the thrill of history, a visit to the Mackenzie House is a must.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
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Sight Name: Mackenzie House
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Toronto's Historic Walking Tour  

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